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Marlborough Express article
This article was published recently in the Marlborough express, and we thought that it might be of interest to future travellers, please note that we are available for free pick-ups from Airport, train and bus station, and from Picton for a small charge. We have no problems at all with late arrivals.
POSITIVE SPIN ON CAR-FREE TRAVEL.
The message that there is still plenty to do in Marlborough without a a car is getting picked up, Destination Marlborough says.
General manager Tracey Johnston said the regional tourism organisation was encouraging visitors to still take their travel as planned despite the disruption to the Cook Strait ferry service with the Awatere out of action since November 5 after a driveshaft snapped and a propeller fell off.
Mrs Johnston said it was important that people planning to travel to Marlborough via the ferries realised there were still walk-on passenger tickets available and pockets of availability for cars.
"We're encouraging people to still cross on the ferry but giving them all the reasons why it's still easy to plan and follow through on their summer holiday.
Destination Marlborough was contributing to a national effort being co-ordinated by the Tourism Industry Association, and Mrs Johnston said it was important for Destination Marlborough to reinforce the positives of still being able to holiday in Marlborough during summer.
We are fortunate that we're an easy access destination: there are planes, trains, ferries and automobiles.
So far the effects of the limited ferry service were mainly being felt by operators being rung by guests to say they would be arriving late. But delays were better than cancellations she said.
"If we all do our bit, then we'll get through the summer.
Destination Marlborough had worked with Port Marlborough and the ferry companies to ensure extra parking facilities would be available in Picton if needed.
"We're doing everything we can to keep that flow open."
The pleasures of Marlborough and the Sounds were able to be enjoyed without cars, the Destination Marlborough message goes.
"You definitely don't need your car for a day's fishing, diving or kayaking in the Marlborough Sounds, or to walk or bike the Queen Charlotte Track." Acess to the Sounds is a short walk along the picturesque Picton waterfront to jump on to a water taxi, the mail boat or float plane, or to grab a kayak, hire a boat or catch a cruise." It extols boat- only access lodges or baches in the Sounds and mountain biking around the regions wineries, vineyards, breweries and gourmet food producers.
"Guided wine tours of the world-famous Marlborough wine region take all the hassle out of having to navigate and worry about drinking and driving while sampling some of the world's greatest wines.
"You don't even need your own car to explore New Zealand's largest working farm - Molesworth Station, with options to go on a 4WD safari, horse trek, or mountainbike. Or see Marlborough from a different angle taking a scenic flight on a biplane after exploring the extraordinary Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre - home to Sir Peter jacksons phenomenal collection of WW1 aircraft and memorabilia.
Posted by Henry Maxwells on 24th November, 2013 | Comments | Trackbacks | Permalink
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Christmas is around the corner
The pace has certainly picked up the last few weeks, with the weather so nice and the gardens blooming from garden Marlborough, there is an air of expectation in the air. Two weeks ago we were invited to participate in a cruise around the Marlborough Sounds. We visited salmon and mussel farms and were treated to a lovely spread of the freshest sea food ever. We have already experienced this for you and we can recommend taking a trip like this or joining the mail run which is the only mail system delivered by boat in N.Z. a great opportunity to meet the inhabitants and cruise the sounds.
As always at this time of the year we are preparing for an exceptionally busy season, so if you are considering visiting the area, now is the time to book we have Christmas, New Year andthe Wine and Food festival to look forward too, and the Grape Ride later on.
If you prefer a more spontaneous type of travelling experience, please feel free just to pop in or phone us on the run, we would love to meet you, if we don't have a vacancy we have a network of similar places that we would be only too happy to refer you too.
Guests who have time to fill in awaiting departure, are more than welcome to linger and use the lounge, dining room and bathroom. Tea and coffee are available.
For all the interesting things to do in the area, please refer to September's blog.
We are looking forward to meeting you soon.
Diana and Graham and the team at Henry Maxwell's
Posted by Henry Maxwell's Central Lodge on 13th November, 2013 | Comments | Trackbacks | Permalink
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THE BEST KEPT SECRET IN BLENHEIM
THE BEST KEPT SECRET IN BLENHEIM,
We were surprised to hear this, and very happy also. It is nice to know that we are offering a comfortable and cost effective service, so we accept this bouquet and hope that you will look us up sometime.
Fortunately Blenheim's earthquake standards have been high over the years and have stood us in good stead during the activity which occurred a safe distance away thank goodness. Guest confidence has not been compromised.
Our preparations for the season include routine maintenance and upgrading. This is a continuing process as we think of improvements which will add to the guest comfort.
The weather and gardens in the run up to Garden Marlborough is amazing, blossom and spring flowers are prolific and Blenheim is looking beautiful. We are happy to announce the opening of the Artisans market this is open from 9.30 to 1pm on Saturdays during the summer. Also there is a Farmers Market on Sundays. 9-12. The Artisans market consists of 50 stalls selling quality wares, musical entertainment, delicious food and games for the kids. We are all very excited about this.
Start your day with a good nights sleep and energising breakfast at Henry Maxwell's before embarking on your chosen activities. If you check the September blog, you will find a comprehensive list of things to do to help you plan your itinerary.
We are looking forward to meeting you very soon. Compare our prices, or talk to us about your requirements you won't be disappointed.
Graham, Diana and the team at Henry Maxwell's
Posted by THE BEST KEPT SECRET IN BLENHEIM on 3rd October, 2013 | Comments | Trackbacks | Permalink
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Haere mai and welcome,
What a great day we had on (Sunday 8th September.) We attended the holiday expo in Blenheim at the Convention Centre. We were delighted to meet new and old providers of the variety of things to do in Blenheim, Marlborough and the surrounding districts.
We have been experiencing lovely, settled spring weather, and Blenheim people are forging ahead with ideas for wining, dining and interesting things for visitors to do in the coming season.
At Henry Maxwell's we thought it might be helpful for those that are planning to visit the region during the summer, for us to explain some of the many diverse activities there are to experience. We have had guests lately who have not realised that there was such an array of options, and who would have liked to squeeze in another day, but you can be sure that we will see them again www.onemoreday.co.nz
We are available for free pickups from airport/train/bus and also to Picton for people coming or going to activities down there.
Henry Maxwells is the most central Bed and breakfast, so a car is not necessary, walk to the shops, restaurants, supermarkets and parks.
There are a range of Art galleries and an Art trail, we recommend you visit the studio of Ursula Edwards
and view her interesting and unusual ceramics. www.ursula-edwards.co.nz
The public library is close by, and we have a small one at Henry Maxwell's for your enjoyment.
The Stadium hosts a swimming complex with spa and sauna, and gym.
We have Andrei who manages our business in the evenings and in our absence, who is trained in massage therapy and is 'in house' for very reasonable rates.
Beauty therapy and hairdressers are close by, nearly next door. www.sustainhair.co.nz
Do not worry about your laundry, we have free laundry facilities.
Food is not an issue if you want to eat out and the great variety of restaurants and cafes, or bring something back to eat in the dining room and kitchen facilities. There are restaurants featuring local, Asian and European food.
Local walks include the Taylor river, Wither hills and Pollard Park.
Our Farmers Market is well supported and is open on Sunday morning, all year.
The Omaka Aviation Heritage centre (supported by Peter Jackson, Lord of the rings fame) is an amazing world class display of aircraft in a rural setting near Omaka airport. www.omaka.org.nz
If you would like a first class cultural experience why not join Maori experiences for a Marae (cultural meeting place) tour, Maori wine tour, Maori Marlborough Sounds tour. You will learn so much about this area www.maoriexperiences.com
Marlborough Golf club Fairhall Marlborough@golf.co.nz
There are currently dozens of vineyards in the Marlborough each showcasing their unique brands, visits can be made by car, bike or hosted tour. Some vineyards have restaurants, cafes and resident artists.
The Vines village, is Marlborough's artisan's hub, a group of shops and restaurants in the wine growing area www.thevinesvillage.co.nz
Boutique Chocolate factory MAKANA, www.makana.co.nz
Marlborough Museum and Brayshaw Park features local history and the history of winemaking in the area www.marlboroughmuseum.org.nz
MARLBOROUGH AND THE OUT-LYING AREAS
To the west travelling an hour and a half is Nelson, a very attractive small city with beautiful beaches, local art centres and excellent Saturday market.
Lake Rotoiti wonderful scenery and nature walks and the Rainbow ski-field.
On the east coast, an hour and a half away is Kaikoura and the snow capped mountains, whale, seal and albatross watches. A beautiful scenic drive down there stopping at the 'Store' restaurant Kekerengu. for a break and a stroll on the beach and stretch the legs.
Heading North from Blenheim, about a 30 minute drive is Picton the gateway to the Sounds. The Cook strait ferry arrives here and there is so much to do.
Queen Charlotte track www.qctic.com these walks can be short or long
Join a cruise and walk and bike with the Beachcomber www.mailboat.co.nz, the mailboat is an exciting day out helping to deliver the mail to many outlying bays and coves in the region, as many have no car access. This is the only water mail delivery in New Zealand.
Or take one of the many bird-watching, feed the fish, or ecological day tours. Great accommodation in the area, and of course we will pick you up in Picton as there is not a regular bus to Blenheim.
Molesworth tours offer many different options designed to meet your needs and requirements, enjoy a day with the seals, tours through the high country in the Awatere and the spectacular Molesworth Station. See our local mountain Mt Tapuae O Uenuku Pick up and return to Henry Maxwell's are included www.molesworthtours.co.nz
For a variety of other adventures contact www.marlboroughtravel.co.nz, for example Green shell mussel and Seafood cruises
Driftwood Eco-tours www.droftwooecotours.co.nz Nature and history, kayaking
On the track Lodge www.nydiatrack.org offer hiking kayaking and many other activities.
We hope that this will help you plan a more comprehensive itinerary, to get the most out of the region while you are here. Don't forget that we happy to help with any further enquires you may have.
Ka kite Ano, (until we see you again)
Diana and Graham
Posted by Holiday Expo on 10th September, 2013 | Comments (23) | Trackbacks | Permalink
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